Rand Paul to deliver tea party response to Obama, GOP
February 8th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Rand Paul to deliver tea party response to Obama, GOP

Washington (CNN) – Tea party leaders are turning to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, to deliver their message following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, a speech that will compete with the official Republican response.

Paul will make his remarks soon after Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, wraps up the GOP response Tuesday night, a Paul spokeswoman confirms to CNN.

"We are giving a voice to the tea party movement when the mainstream media and the Republican establishment wants to write us off as dead," said Amy Kremer, chairman of the Tea Party Express. This is the third year in a row that Kremer's organization has sponsored the tea party response.

The dueling GOP speeches come at a time when a very public rift is developing between the Republican establishment and conservative activists over the direction of the party. Some grassroots activists are specifically angry at Karl Rove and other Republicans for stating that they will choose sides in upcoming Republican primaries and only financially help candidates who have a chance of winning in the general election.

In Paul, tea party leaders have chosen a nationally known senator, who is identified more for his embrace of a libertarian ideology than aligning himself with his own political party's leaders.

The back-to-back addresses Tuesday night also features two young stars in the GOP, each of whom are expected to seriously consider running for the White House in 2016.

Paul will deliver his remarks before an audience at the National Press Club, which is located just a stones throw away from the White House.

"We expect many of our supporters and many of Rand Paul's supporters, freedom loving, liberty loving Americans to be there because this is our time to be heard," Kremer said. "We are proud that Marco Rubio is giving the official Republican Party response because he is a tea party conservative and one of our own. But the Republican Party doesn't necessarily speak for all conservatives and the tea party movement has its own voice and this is our chance to be heard."

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, delivered the tea party response in 2011, while Herman Cain gave it last year. Both candidates unsuccessfully sought the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.


Filed under: Rand Paul • State of the Union • Tea Party
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    Libertarians are the most selfish, self-centered people I've ever known. They want all the benefits of society, without having to follow the rules or pay for it.

    The only reason Rand's dad stayed in the race was to keep the family name in the news. Here's the real news: Intelligent, truly compassionate people see through Rand in a heartbeat.

    February 8, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Lonnie

    See they are not Republicans they are Tea Baggers because Marco Rubio is not good enough for them. Watch out Republicans, the Tea Baggers are coming for your jobs.

    February 8, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. kayla

    and i thought marco was the tea party darling

    February 8, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Ozzie

    The Tea Party still matters?

    February 8, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Ann

    As if Rand and Rubio matter beyond BAGGER WORLD.

    February 8, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. James Fugedy

    This should be very entertaining.

    February 8, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Jules

    That's real feather in his hat for the future. Not! I can see the ads now if he ever gets out of the primary.

    February 8, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Mark in Seattle

    Might be worth tunning in just to see the goof balls with the hanging teabags stapled onto the brim of thier hats if there is an audiance.

    February 8, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Who cares what the teahage like Paul and the teahages like bachmann and brewer and the teahage hillbilly blackburn say ,their out like yesterdays trash in the 2014 mid terms and any of the gop bafoon party that's left won't matter !!!!!

    February 8, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. Name lynn

    I dont think obama an michelle attends the tea party, obama is focus on the fiscal budgets, an the latinos. an rand sound likes you calling out obama an he not answering you.stupid

    February 8, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Logic N LA

    I think Chicken Little is their national Mascot!

    February 8, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. texasnotea

    Will they carry signs showing Obama as the joker? Will we be able to hear them kicking and taunting a down and out homeless person? Sounds like a hoot.

    February 8, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. Logic N LA

    By the way- If Rubio is the repsonse to Obama, then where is the equal time for the far left for Paul?

    February 8, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, delivered the tea party response in 2011, while Herman Cain gave it last year. Both candidates unsuccessfully sought the 2012 GOP presidential nomination."

    Oh dear. HERMAN CAIN delivered the TP address last year ... ??

    Bachmann ... Cain ... Dandy-Randy. I'm High-Fiving all you TeaPers - three TeaPer strikes and you're out works for me too.

    February 8, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. MrCredik

    Two questions
    1. Why does CNN and other media, including Fox, not use a capital "T" and capital "P" as in Tea Party, instead of tea party?
    2. Is the Tea Party not part of the Republic Party? They don't appear to be in the Democrat Party?

    February 8, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. IgnoranceisBLISS

    I've never seen more ignorant comments than those written here. You big government liberals are absolutely clueless.

    Libertarians want LIBERTY to choose how to run your own life. They're probably the most compassionate people I've ever met. They don't want the government taking care of your neighbor, they want YOU taking care of your neighbor! Crazy Jesus stuff that all you liberals hypocritically love to quote.

    Rand Paul will be president in 2016. And I will be there to watch your jaw drop.

    February 8, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Robert

    Haha! After read the first 5 responses above, it's seriously had to take liberals serious anymore.

    "Libertarians are the most selfish, self-centered people I've ever known. They want all the benefits of society, without having to follow the rules or pay for it. "

    Wow... So we are supposed to be force feed "benefits" and we better like it and pay for it... although if we pay for it then it isn't really much of a benifit now is it?

    And the rest is all childish name calling and zero constructive criticism.

    February 8, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. MaryM

    and the tea party clown car continues

    February 8, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. Dallas

    I hope the networks aren't planning to air the rantings and ravings of this lunatic. The only response to President Obama is the official republican response from Senator Rubio not the misguided bigoted views of this loon!

    February 8, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. ladyjag

    I find Rand an Idiot. His father was worse than him. His family values, are up for grabs with his son being arrested twice in one day, of course Rand came out sand everyone knows how teenagers are, got for drinking underage. The TeaParty has really messed up AMERICAN the majority of which when they passed out brains, they ran they did not get any. We need an AMERICAN.

    February 8, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. Matt in KY

    C'mon CNN, why you always have to pick on actual Libertarians by connecting them to the Tea Party? Those are Republicans hurting Libertarian's image. Even the members of the actual Tea Party unburied themselves and voted Obama. Ron Paul is mostly Libertarian...if you can jam religion into it and still be "that guy". Y'all absolutely cannot think outside choice A and B (the TP being part of choice B).

    February 8, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. surf for sun

    I guess we are a nation comprised of a two and 1/2 party system.

    February 8, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. harry Baxter

    Really?? Rand Paul (If I were President...) is the best that they could find to do this?? The GOP is in even worse shape than I thought they were!

    February 8, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. Michael

    You people are hilarious. You sit on here bashing a guy for being a Libertarian? Your progressive liberal policies on health care, foreign policy, medicaid, ssi, food stamps, housing, fda, epa etc. etc. etc. is a flipping disaster. You wish for a eutopian society that will never be. It is sad to listen to people who are not stupid but ignorant talk. We are at an event horizon in this country. If you don't realize that then your ignorance is quite obvious.

    February 8, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. nothing new here

    HAHA – the Republican party officially implodes.
    And Rand will never be like Ron.

    February 8, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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